Photo by Pinggot Zulueta
Lanuza made a name for herself painting realistic works of women in traditional garb but set in a highly conceptual context. Her interest evolved into portraying women as super heroes in their own right but set in highly interesting, conceptual and oftentimes amusing circumstances. Her current themes still significantly portray women in different roles, but having the same character and poignant forms. Her latest achievement was in 2009 where she was awarded the coveted Juror’s Choice Award in the GSIS National Art Competition.
Her paintings have been included in auction houses Larasati, Masterpiece and Borobudur, and has been featured in publications such as “A Treasury of Philippine Nudes”, “Larasati, Pictures of Asia”, and “100 Years, 100 nudes” by the UP Alumni Centennial celebration.
Aileen completed her studies at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (2003) where she was a consistent college scholar graduating with honors. She has received recognition as one of the five best entries in an art competition at Malacanang Palace hosted by then President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos (1992), 2nd Honorable Mention at an art competition of the Manila Midtown Hotel (1993), Finalist at the Nationwide Caltex Sci-art competition and an awardee of McCann Erickson (2002). She has participated in over 30 group exhibitions as well as three exhibits where only four selected artists were asked to paint their vision of the women of today.
In her most recent exhibit in early 2011, Lanuza explores the sensual in feminine postures removed from any contexts as to render them in pure and unadulterated feminity. Her artworks shows her talent in capturing the light and emotion of a woman conveying coyness and sensuality, inviting the audience to consider then the meaning of femininity from the subject’s compositional nature.